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Factors to consider when developing a web-app

by a14341z / January 30, 2013 1:38 PM PST

Hi Folks,

We have one thick client app, which is based on GANTT chart and most of the actions are performed using Drag and Drop by inspecting the data in various forms.

We are trying to build webApp (thin client) for the same with the complete functionality. This is like creating a new website.

We are at crossroads regards the following :

1) Usage : Existing users are accustomed to one type of usage for the thick client app. Should we change usage based on the latest trends in usability?

2) Traditional Vs Native : In traditional web-apps, we allow only the form to be opened once. When user clicks on new data the existing (opened form) is populated with new data. But in our application the user sometimes (hmm.... most of the times) require to see/compare the data of two same kind-of-forms. Should we allow the user to pop-up as many instances of the forms as possible ........ or ....... Should we ask them to adopt to some other new standard strategy (opening the forms like tabs)

Do we need to create a thin client replica of the exisiting app ? (where usage remains same)


Should we go ahead and make some changes (which might probably be used in the near future for most of the apps) and ask the user, to use it new way?

Let me know your comments.

Also please let me know if you have any good resources for the drag and drop apps.


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Beware the sppamers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 1:49 PM PST

If you see the usual build an app/web in 24 hours it's only because a moderator didn't remove it.

http://www.codeproject.com/Chapters/2/Web-Development.aspx covers many ways to develop. What I find is that you develop or your team develops with the tools they are comfortable with. While I have no reservation about Visual Studio, once in a while you encounter the no budget development model. That rarely goes well or very far.

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Inputs for design
by a14341z / January 30, 2013 2:06 PM PST
In reply to: Beware the sppamers.

Hi Proffitt,

Thank you for the quick reply.

I am not looking here for the tools to build web-app quickly.

I am looking at the factors that we need to consider before freezing the design.

We are trying to create a thin client (webApp) for the existing thick-Client application.

We are just looking for some decisions/trends in latest webApp so that we can create a webApp which will sustain for a longer period i.e that does't become obselete with the everchanging trends & standards.

Best Regards,

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Ah, the freezing the design trap.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2013 12:36 AM PST
In reply to: Inputs for design

Has anyone talked to you about Agile design methods?

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Thanks Bob...
by a14341z / February 3, 2013 12:57 PM PST

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the keywords.

Google gave plenty of results, i will sift thro them to seek what we need.

Best Regards,

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Factors to consider when developing a web-app
by Maya459 / March 1, 2013 5:54 PM PST

You will have to consider some important factors while developing a Web applications. They are mention below:

1) You will have to take the user into consideration before developing the app. Will have to think about the users requirements and considering it the scope of app has to be develop. While doing this, you should make a proper documentation so that it can help the develop the app later.

2) One should also check available app along with the their design, GUI, features, drawback etc. Doing so, you can get a clear idea regarding your app development and this can help you to develop better app and lead ahead among the competitors.

3) You should also have detail estimation about the time required to develop the software. Development process of app should be divided in small modules which can help to develop a better app then the one available in the market. Every module must be perfectly tested, so that no threats are remaining.

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